| 30 November 2023, Thursday |

Thai candidates parade through Bangkok before Sunday vote

Candidates for Thailand’s political parties drove through Bangkok on Saturday, bringing to a close a months-long campaign that might usher in a new government for the first time in over a decade.

According to opinion surveys, Prime Minister Prayuth Chan-ocha has an uphill struggle to maintain power in Sunday’s general election, with opposition groups such as Pheu Thai and Move Forward soaring in popularity.

Thailand has about 52 million eligible voters, including 3.3 million aged 18 to 22 who can vote for the first time, with pro-military, royalist conservatives and the populist opposition vying for their endorsement.

The polls suggest that their ballots could end nearly a decade of governments either led or backed by a military and conservative forces.

On the back of a bright red car, Paetongtarn Shinawatra and Srettha Thavisin – two prime ministerial candidates for Pheu Thai – waved to onlookers.

“I would like to ask first time voters to choose Pheu Thai,” Paetongtarn told reporters as she stepped off the vehicle. “We have a 20 year history and we have had success.”

  • Reuters